Box office hits and misses: Zootopia three-peats while Divergent disappoints

weekend box office zootopia divergent star wars fox
This was a particularly big week for hits and misses at the box office, with Disney’s animated feature Zootopia continuing to earn its blockbuster label, the penultimate installment of the Divergent franchise falling short of expectations, and the mega-hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens beginning to lose momentum in its record-breaking run.

For the third week in a row, Zootopia reigned supreme at the box office, and the Walt Disney Animation Studios feature is now closing in on 2014’s Big Hero 6 as it vies to become the most successful film produced by the studio. Its $201.8 million is about $21 million shy of current second-place feature Big Hero 6, and just under $200 million shy of overtaking the studio’s highest-grossing film of all time, 2013’s Frozen. Both of the films ahead of Zootopia in the studio’s record books won their respective years’ Academy Award for best animated feature, so the bar is set pretty high — but seems quite achievable at this point — for the new film.

On the other side of the box-office achievement spectrum, The Divergent Series: Allegiant debuted with the lowest opening weekend of the series so far. The second-to-last chapter of the movie franchise adapted from Veronica Roth’s young-adult novels generated just $29 million in its first weekend in theaters, well below the $52 million and $54 million premieres for its predecessors. The film’s generally negative reviews probably aren’t going to help it make up the difference there, and certainly don’t bode well for the final film in the franchise, which hits theaters next year.

The only other new movie to break into the top ten for the weekend was the faith-based film Miracles From Heaven, which continued to prove that religious movies are becoming a critic-proof force to be reckoned with at the box office.

# Title Weekend U.S. Total Worldwide Total
1. Zootopia $38M $201.8M $591.7M
2. The Divergent Series: Allegiant  $29M $29M $82.4M
3. Miracles From Heaven  $15M $18.5M $18.5M
4. 10 Cloverfield Lane  $12.5M $45.2M $52.4M
5. Deadpool  $8M $340.9M $730.6M
6. London Has Fallen  $6.9M $50.1M $50.1M
7. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot  $2.8M $19.3M $19.3M
8. The Perfect Match  $1.9M $7.3M $7.3M
9. The Brothers Grimsby  $1.4M $5.9M  $22.6M
10. The Revenant  $1.2M $181.1M $483.2M

As for the rest of the week’s noteworthy box-office news, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Deadpool continued to do well in theaters, with both films exceeding predictions and riding a wave of positive buzz to continued success.

This weekend also marked the first week since Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived in theaters that the sci-fi sequel failed to earn more than $1 million domestically. J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster is still being screened in 568 theaters nationwide, and earned $960,000 for the weekend (for an average of around $1,690 per theater), but the film’s loss of momentum could signal the end of its record-setting run.

At this point, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that The Force Awakens will pass Titanic on the all-time worldwide box-office rankings to become the second-highest grossing movie of all time, as Abrams’ film is still $128 million short of eclipsing the mark set by James Cameron’s 1997 record-holding drama. It’s even less likely that The Force Awakens will be able to stick around in theaters long enough to pass the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar, which raked in more than $2.78 billion over the course of its 34-week run in theaters. (The Force Awakens has earned $2.06 billion after 13 weeks, but is showing signs of slowing down.)

Next week is expected to be a big one for movies, with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice expected to crush the competition — but not without some uncertainty regarding the polarizing film’s long-term outlook. Its predecessor, Man of Steel, had a somewhat slow start at the box office and took a while to earn the sort of sales that make a sequel certain, mostly due to mixed reviews and its dark, less kid-friendly tone. Both elements seem at play once again in Dawn of Justice, so it will be interesting to see how the film is received.


Peloton’s tech lets truckers play follow the leader to boost fuel economy

Peloton Technology can help semi trucks save fuel by running close together on the highway. Using short-range wireless communications, the trucks get a kind of super cruise control.
Social Media

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. users don’t realize Facebook tracks their interests

Did you know Facebook tracks your interests, including political and multicultural affiliations? According to a recent Pew study, 74 percent of adult users in the U.S. have no idea Facebook keeps a running list of your interests.

Yes, Android apps can run on your PC, and it's easier than you think

Wish you knew how to run Android apps in Windows? It's easier than you might think and there are a number of different ways to do it. In this guide, we break down the steps so you can follow along with ease.

Problems with installing or updating Windows 10? Here's how to fix them

Upgrading to the newest version of Windows 10 is usually a breeze, but sometimes you run into issues. Never fear though, our guide will help you isolate the issue at hand and solve it in a timely manner.
Movies & TV

You can get a screaming deal on LG OLED TVs just in time for the Super Bowl

LG is offering steep discounts on its critically acclaimed OLED TV models just in time for the Super Bowl, letting discerning viewers watch their favorite athletes with higher picture quality than ever.
Movies & TV

Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel already has a creepy teaser trailer

Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has secretly co-written a follow-up to the 1984 supernatural comedy. Filming begins this summer, but it's not clear if the original Ghostbusters will reprise their roles.
Movies & TV

Netflix recruits Steve Carell for the Trump-inspired comedy ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell, Netflix, and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up for Space Force, a workplace comedy poking fun at the Trump White House's plans to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ trailer has finally arrived

Lionsgate has released the first, full-length trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the third installment of the action franchise that casts Keanu Reeves as the world's greatest assassin.
Movies & TV

Here's everything we know about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (February 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in January and February, from new original series to classic films.

For Netflix, ‘Fortnite’ on YouTube is a bigger threat than HBO

In a letter to shareholders, Netflix explained that it views the video game Fortnite as bigger competition than HBO, with YouTube videos of the game drawing viewers away from the streaming platform.